OutServe, the underground network of LGBT active serving military personnel, provided The New Civil Rights Movement with these two emails, one from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and one from the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, discussing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and what they expect from service members.
I’m also told from one source that “everything has been positive,” and, evidently, there are a lot of straight soldiers offering their congratulations to some soldiers they know to be gay or lesbian.
So much for distractions, mass-exoduses, etc…
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 11:02 PM
Subject: Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Yesterday, the Senate passed HR 2965, a bill designed to repeal Section
654 of Title 10 of the United States Code, known as the “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” law. Â Once the President signs the bill into law, the
Department of Defense will proceed to implement the change in a
responsible, deliberate, and careful manner.
It is important to understand that the President’s signing of the new
bill into law does not mean the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law will be
repealed immediately. Â Instead, the Congressional language stipulates
that repeal occurs 60 days after certification by the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, and the President that
the necessary policies and regulations have been prepared to implement
repeal and that repeal is consistent with standards of military
readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention of the
Armed Forces. Â To repeat, the implementation and certification process
will not happen immediately; it will take time. Â Meanwhile, the current
law remains in effect. Â All Air Force members should conduct themselves
In the coming days and weeks as we prepare for the repeal, we will
provide education and training material to help all Airmen understand
what is expected in a post-repeal environment.
Effective leadership, however, is key to implementing this change and
success will rest on the shoulders of senior leaders like me,
commanders, chiefs, first sergeants, and supervisors. Â The standards of
conduct we expect of all Airmen will not change. Â Moreover, we will
continue to treat each other, as members of the Air Force family, with
dignity and respect.
I know each of you will approach this issue professionally and that you
will continue to adhere faithfully to our core values of Integrity,
Service before Self, and Excellence in all we do. Â Â By following our
core values, we will successfully implement this change with the same
unparalleled professionalism we have demonstrated with every
transformation we have undertaken in peace and war.
NORTON A SCHWARTZ
Chief of Staff
From: Brice-O’Hara, Sally VADM
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 1:19 PM
Subject: Senate Vote to Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
As you may be aware, yesterday the Senate voted to repeal the “Don’t Ask
Don’t Tell” law. Â When implemented, this repeal will allow gay and
lesbian Americans to serve openly in the military. Â As the Commandant
and I have stated in the past, we believe this action to be in full
alignment with our Service’s core values and the Commandant’s guiding
principle of respecting our shipmates. The repeal is the right thing to
do; our shipmates will no longer be forced to hide or even lie about
their sexual orientation.
After this repeal action is signed into law by the President, the Coast
Guard will continue to work with the Department of Defense and the other
Armed Services on setting the course for this change. Â Within our
organization, the Commandant and I anticipate that we will embark on a
carefully paced implementation strategy that will afford respect for all
of our shipmates while ensuring the highest level of professionalism and
As the Commandant and I have said in the past, we do not harbor the
slightest doubt that the men and women of the Coast Guard are up to the
task of implementing the change associated with this repeal.
VADM Sally Brice-O’Hara
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Pelosi Delivers Brutal Response After McCarthy’s Acting Replacement Orders Her to Vacate Her Office Immediately
Within hours of Kevin McCarthy being ousted as Speaker of the House late Tuesday afternoon, his hand-picked acting successor, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), ordered Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi to vacate her Capitol Hill offices “by tomorrow.”
McHenry, whose title technically now is “Speaker Pro Tempore,” is a staunch McCarthy ally who worked diligently behind the scenes in January to help the now-former Speaker get elected on the fifteenth attempt, had an aide issue the order.
“‘Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,’ wrote a top aide on the Republican-controlled House Administration Committee,” Politico reported Tuesday night. “The room was being reassigned by the acting speaker ‘for speaker office use,’ the email said.”
Politico adds that “House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staff helped Pelosi’s office make the move, according to a spokesperson for the former speaker.”
Pelosi, who was honored with the title “Speaker Emerita” in 2022 by the House Steering and Policy Committee in an effort to help united the House, did not vote for or against McCarthy’s ouster. She remained in California to attend the funeral of her friend and colleague, the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
But Pelosi, the first and only woman Speaker of the House, who served from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023, did not take McHenry’s order lying down.
“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol,” Pelosi said in a statement, according to Politico’s Nicholas Wu. “Sadly, because I am in California to mourn the loss of and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time.”
“This eviction is a sharp departure from tradition. As Speaker, I gave former Speaker Hastert a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished,” She noted.
“Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems important to them,” Pelosi added. “Now that the new Republican Leadership has settled this important matter, let’s hope they get to work on what’s truly important to the American people.”
‘Radical Left Marxists’: Trump Launches Attack Hours After Judge Imposes Gag Order
Just hours after New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron imposed a limited gag order and directed Donald Trump to remove his social media post targeting and attacking, by name, the judge’s law clerk, the ex-president Tuesday evening issued an attack targeting the legal system, and apparently, by extension, Attorney General Letitia James.
Judge Engoron’s Tuesday order barred Trump from “posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” as Politico reported. The judge’s gag order did not extend to any officer of the court, witnesses, or anyone else involved in Attorney General James’ $250 million civil fraud case against Trump.
“Consider this statement a gag order forbidding all parties from posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” Engoron said Tuesday afternoon. “Failure to abide by this order will result in serious sanctions.”
Judge Engoron had announced in court: “This morning one of the defendants posted to his social media account a disparaging, untrue and personally identifying post about a member of my staff.”
“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate and I will not tolerate them in any circumstances,” Engoron added.
Politico described Trump’s social media post as “a message alleging [the law clerk] ‘is running this case against me.’ The message was pulled from an account on X with fewer than 200 followers. Trump then linked to an Instagram account for Greenfield’s campaign for a judgeship in Manhattan civil court.”
“’How disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately!!’ Trump added. He also posted a photo of her alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and referred to her as ‘Schumer’s girlfriend.'”
And while the judge ordered the social media post taken down, there’s nothing that can be done about the email blast Trump sent to “millions” of his supporters that included the post, as The New York Times reported.
Tuesday evening, despite having already been given one gag order, Trump appeared to tear into the legal system and Attorney General Letitia James in a series of false claims.
After claiming James’ civil lawsuit against him was unconstitutional and election interference, Trump wrote the decision to apply that statute to him “was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know.”
“It is so unfair that I am being tried under Section 63(12), which is unconstitutionally being used to punish me because I am substantially leading Crooked Joe Biden in the polls,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “It is a Consumer Protection Statute, and not meant, at all, for Election Interference purposes, which is what this is all about! Under this Section of the law, I am not even entitled to a JURY (there is no checking of a box alternative!).This was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
As The New Yorker reported last week, the law Trump is referring to was “passed at the behest of one of” James’ “Republican predecessors, Jacob Javits.”
‘Terrorist Attacks’: Murphy and Cornyn Slam House GOPers Over McCarthy Ouster
After U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and seven of fellow far-right House Republicans voted to oust their own Speaker of the House for supporting a bipartisan vote to keep the federal government of the United States from a shutdown, a powerful Senate Republican and Democrat are both strongly denouncing the work of the few GOP extremists who toppled Kevin McCarthy.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a hard-core Republican of Texas and a former member of the Senate Republican leadership team, blasted the eight House Republicans for their “terrorist attack,” and warned it will happen again.
“We saw a similar thing happen to Boehner, Ryan, and now McCarthy. I’m sure the next speaker is going to be subjected to the same terrorist attacks,” Senator Cornyn said, according to HuffPost’s Igor Bobic.
Responding to a Texas radio talk show host from his official social media account, Sen. Cornyn added, “A handful [of] House members just want to blow up the institution and themselves in the process. Sad.”
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) called the ouster “a deeply embarrassing moment for America. A consequence of a Republican Party that has become so radicalized that it can no longer function as an organized political party.”
“Nobody should be rooting for this circus,” added Sen. Murphy in video recorded as he watched the House voting to remove McCarthy as Speaker. He warned that the ouster of McCarthy will now take the House away from the critical work of keeping the government open after November 17, “instead of working on a budget.” And he warned that no new funds to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war have been authorized.
“These are life and death stakes,” Murphy said, lamenting this “makes us look so weak and foolish around the world.”
Let me tell you about the real world consequences of Kevin McCarthy’s ouster as Speaker. No one should celebrate this day. This level of dysfunction is terrible for America. pic.twitter.com/7NsQrz7Pro
— Chris Murphy 🟧 (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 3, 2023
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